Builder | Figure Skating
Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2003
A gold medal-winning figure skater in her age category when she was only 14 years old, Bev Viger has volunteered with the MSA Figure Skating Club since 1985 and participated in many executive positions. Viger assisted in Abbotsford’s hosting of four provincial championships and was involved in both the 1997 Canadian championships (vice-chair) and 2001 World Championships in Vancouver (vice-chair and operations/technical team leader).
Viger was the figure skating competition manager for the 2001 Goodwill Games in Australia, and from 2003 to 2006, she served as the figure skating sport advisor for the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. During those Olympic Games, she was the assistant figure skating sport manager.
In 2009, Viger was the sport manager for the International Skating Union’s Four Continents event, and was sport manager for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As sport chair for the 2010 Olympics, she was able to recruit 22 volunteers (out of 150) from Abbotsford and also insisted that many younger volunteers should also be able to assist. The motto became that anyone could be involved, from ages 8 to 80.
Viger’s awards include the Skate Canada Volunteer Award of Excellence (2008); the PacificSport Community Sport Builder Award (2009); the Abbotsford Skating Club President’s Award (2011) and Skate Canada’s BC/YT Section Committee Chairman Award (2012).
In the past few years, Viger has been the event coordinator for the International Skating Union (ISU), travelling to Korea, Japan and USA. She sits on the executive for the provincial sport organization as competition chair, is the team leader for the provincial team (travelling with the team to the qualifying and Canadian championships) and is now employed at Skate Canada BC/YT as the financial administrator.